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El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney Announces Retirement
By Allen M
Published July 22, 2020

2020-21 academic year will mark the final year of her presidency

Dena P. Maloney, Ed.D., the Superintendent/President of El Camino College, will retire when her current contract ends at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year. President Maloney made the announcement during the July 20 meeting of the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees.

“Serving at El Camino College has been the highlight of my career in higher education,” President Maloney said. “There’s something special about this institution and its mission. It’s been an honor to work alongside so many talented colleagues in the faculty, staff, and administration who are committed to making the El Camino experience transformative for our students.”


President Maloney was selected as El Camino College’s sixth Superintendent/President by the Board of Trustees in October 2015. She began her tenure in February 2016. During President Maloney’s administration, El Camino College has achieved a number of important milestones, including:

  • Implementation of Guided Pathways, the Vision for Success, and a new Student Centered Funding Formula
  • Continued improvement in student success metrics such as graduation/transfer rates and number of degrees/certificates awarded
  • Massive expansion of the South Bay Promise program
  • Successful conclusion of the El Camino College/Compton College partnership
  • Significant progress on the El Camino College’s capital construction program, including completion of the Student Services Building, Gymnasium, and Administration Building, with the Pool & Classroom Building set to open later this summer, and groundbreaking for the new Social & Behavioral Science Building and the Arts Complex in fall 2020

“President Maloney’s service at El Camino College has been exemplary,” said Board President Bill Beverly. “She has shepherded this institution through a remarkable period of growth and improvement, with a singular focus on student success. Her leadership, experience, and insight have been invaluable. We offer President Maloney our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for her endeavors, and golf scores.”

Prior to joining El Camino College, Maloney served as Superintendent/President of the West Kern Community College District in Taft. She began her career in higher education at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, where she served as the dean of economic development and the founding dean of the Canyon Country Campus. She was later named assistant superintendent/vice president, with responsibilities for the Canyon Country Campus and the district’s economic development programs.

A native of the South Bay, President Maloney’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University, and a doctorate in education from the University of La Verne.

In the coming months, the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees will launch a nationwide search for President Maloney’s successor.

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